Category Archives: Complementary medicine

Complaints to the TGA by Monash SPHPM Summer Vacation Scholarship students

Darci Bucheli investigated the illegal promotion and supply of whole-body cryotherapy machines within Australia. Their alleged benefits include weight loss, relieving pain instantly, slowing down the ageing process, and improving acne, psoriasis, eczema and autoimmune diseases. The U.S. FDA has … Continue reading

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Consequences of TGA failure to act on complaints about illegal products

Therapeutic goods must be entered by the sponsor in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG)  before they can be legally sold. The purpose is to ensure consumers have some protection against potentially dangerous or fraudulent goods &/or misleading and … Continue reading

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TGA fails to act on the promotion and sale of unapproved therapeutic goods

Products not regulated by the TGA represent, “a serious risk” says the regulator in, “Buying medicines and medical devices“. “These items have a high chance of being counterfeit, containing the wrong amount of active ingredient, being contaminated with toxic chemicals, … Continue reading

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Vic Skeptics Café, 19/11/2018, Complementary Medicines, Advertising Reform and the TGA

Assoc Prof Ken Harvey and his School of Public Health students (left to right: Mal Vickers, Kithmini Cooray, Mary Malek, Ken Harvey) Speakers: Mal Vickers, Analysis of old and new advertising complaint systems Mary Malek, TGA consultation on “low risk” products Kithmini … Continue reading

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Letter to The Age 30/10/18: Probiotic Doubts (published)

I was disappointed to see that The Age published a full page, gushingly enthusiastic article about a probiotic product alleged to relieve and prevent mastitis (“Mums clamour for Aussie breast feeding probiotic“, 27/10). The article failed to report the dubious … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Advertising Consultative Committee, First meeting today

This committee has replaced the now abolished Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council. Choice (Australian Consumers’ Association) was a member of previous Code Council (and Complaint Resolution Panel). No doubt the failure of the TGA to invite Choice to this new … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation: Proposed therapeutic goods advertising code guidance

This submission by Alanna Rottler, Mal Vickers and myself  has also has been endorsed by Friends of Science in Medicine. Our previous submissions to TGA consultations have noted that many recommendations made by civil society had been ignored. Most have … Continue reading

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Natural health products the largest selling OTC medicines in 2015–16

From Australia’s health 2018 (full publication; 4 June 2018 edition); see also: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-03/chart-of-the-day-natural-therapies-vitamins/10328514 These results reflect the large amount of money spent on marketing these products (Swisse $50 million per annum) and the failure of the regulator (the TGA) to act on … Continue reading

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APHC 2018 Contested Policy: Complementary Medicines and Advertising Reform

Abstract: PHAA Workshop – Complementary medicine and advertising reform Chair: Ken Harvey Speakers: John Skerritt – Overview of MMD recommendations Alanna Rottler – Pre-approval of certain advertisements to cease Jon Wardle – Permitted indications to replace ARTG ‘free text’ Alanna … Continue reading

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TGA advertising system concerns: response from TGA

For background see: http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2778 From: SKERRITT, John <John.Skerritt@health.gov.au> Sent: Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:13 To: ken.harvey@medreach.com.au Cc: MCLAY, Nicole <Nicole.McLay@health.gov.au>; FRANCIS, Jenny <Jenny.Francis@health.gov.au>; SKERRITT, John <John.Skerritt@health.gov.au> Subject: RE: Letter from ACCC – TGA advertising concerns [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] Dear Dr Harvey Thank you … Continue reading

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